For Immediate Release
|October 28, 2009||
Criminal Investigator Deputy U.S. Marshal
Brian W. Koerbel (216) 276-1033
U.S. Marshals Task Force Captures Armed
Sleeping with a Loaded Handgun
Cleveland, OH – This morning, the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force apprehended wanted fugitive Jonathan Ward. Ward was wanted by the Cleveland Division of Police on charges of armed robbery. Ward also had outstanding charges with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for carrying a concealed weapon. This past September, it is alleged that Ward was involved in an armed robbery in the area of E. 70th Street and Cedar Avenue. The victim was robbed at gunpoint and the suspect got away with the victim’s money, cell phone, and a bag of groceries. The Cleveland Division of Police began an investigation and eventually solicited the assistance of the Task Force to aid in the apprehension of Ward.
The Task Force began its search and was able to
acquire information of known places that Ward could possibly be hiding.
Early this morning after conducting interviews and searches of a few
residences in Cleveland’s east side, new information was provided that
directed that Task Force across town to a location on the 2800 block of
Division Avenue. The Task Force set up surveillance on the address and
shortly thereafter was able to decipher that Ward was in a residence. The
Task Force gained entry into one of the units of the Lakeview Estates
Housing Complex and found Ward sleeping in a bedroom. Ward was taken into
custody without incident by Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers.
During his arrest, a 9mm handgun was recovered underneath the mattress of
the bed that Ward was sleeping in.
Anyone with information regarding the
whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals
Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at:
1-866-4-WANTED. Callers may remain anonymous.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.